Assembly for Action

Florida's Premiere Community Service Conference


Assembly for Action is a 2019 recipient of the “Champions for Change” award. This award, a collaboration of the UF Office of Sustainability and the Healthy Gators Coalition, recognizes individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the UF community in the areas of sustainability and/or health.


Assembly for Action is committed to educating and enabling the next generation of leaders at the University of Florida to bridge the gap between student involvement and non-profit needs in Gainesville. This innovative program is the result of a collaborative effort with various student organizations, colleges, and institutions at the University of Florida and across Gainesville, culminating in a four-day conference for the top fifty applicants, who will be distinguished by the Bob Graham Center as Action Scholars.


Action Scholars will be paired with a local non-profit that best matches their volunteering preferences for a “Day of Service.” Then, students will return to campus to attend lectures about community issues, leadership, social entrepreneurship, project development, public speaking, and many other topics. After learning how non-profits function and the challenges that they face, students will be tasked with synthesizing the information from the Day of Service and two seminar days spread across two weekends to write solution papers called “Action Plans.” The overall top three Action Plans, which can be either a Collaborative Fellowship or a New Initiative, in addition to the top “Arts, Culture, and the Humanities” Action Plan, will receive grant funding of $2,000 each.


Action Plans can be as creative as Action Scholars wish as long as the plan is not-for-profit and pursues outcomes that will positively impact the Gainesville community. The Arts, Culture, and the Humanities Grant was made possible by the support of Imagining America and The UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment). Three general categories that we expect most Action Plans to fall under are:

Top Overall Action Plan - $2,000 grant (three available)

Three grants will be given to the top three Action Plans, which can be either Collaborative Fellowships or New Initiatives. A “Collaborative Fellowship” Action Plan proposes how a student’s involvement with a partner non-profit can help that non-profit overcome a significant challenge it faces in serving the Gainesville community. These plans require follow-up with our various non-profit partners to ensure the student is matched with an organization willing to take on the new project. Alternatively, a “New Initiative” Action Plan gives a student the opportunity to propose the creation of a new student-led initiative that will benefit the Gainesville community in a way that is currently not addressed by any existing community organization or non-profit.

Arts, Culture, and the Humanities Grant - $2,000 grant (one available)

This grant, sponsored in part by Imaging America & The UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), encourages students to draft Action Plans proposing how an Arts and Culture Collaborative Fellowship or New Initiative could benefit the Gainesville community.

How Grants are Distributed 

Grant winners can begin to execute their Action Plans as soon as the conference ends. To acquire funding for the project, the Action Scholar will have to make purchases on an as-needed basis with the manager of the grant account, Ms. Sherry Feagle at the Bob Graham Center. Ms. Feagle will need to approve all purchases necessary for the completion of the community service project. All grant-winning Action Plans will receive their grant allotment piece-by-piece as the scholar requests funding to be spent directly on the needs of his or her non-profit project.

In addition to these grants, Assembly for Action will host special presentations with other community service grant providers on campus totaling a potential $20,000 in additional funding opportunities for Action Scholars. The Assembly for Action Scholars program will only be able to select the top 50 applicants for this program. All graduate and undergraduate University of Florida students of any major are welcome to apply. If selected, the cost to attend is entirely free and lunch is provided on both Saturday, October 13, and Saturday, October 20.